NAFSA 2019 Annual Conference & Expo

Join peers and experts at the premier global professional learning and networking event for all international educators and organizations that support international education for the NAFSA 2019 Annual Conference & Expo, "Global Leadership, Learning, and Change."

NAFSA’s plenary speakers will share their unique insights and viewpoints on the challenges and opportunities facing everyone in the ever-changing global landscape. Each day we will unite at the plenaries to reflect, discover, and expand our collective horizon. Be inspired to grow and transform the landscape of international education.

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Opening Plenary
Laura W. Bush
May 29, 2018

Wednesday Plenary
Bill Nye
May 30, 2018

Thursday Plenary
Joyce Banda
May 31, 2018

Friday Plenary
Terry Gross
June 1, 2018


The plenary speakers each had their own special qualities which combined so well to make this conference a memorable one. Rather than just delivering a good message, each speaker challenged us to take action and be a change agent.Paige Ramsey-Hamacher, Saint Leo University